The Bill & Melinda Gates

Gates 100 million with 25 million conditional to a matching from a new donor donor- hoping to reach 140 million from the foundation

“The Global Financing Facility is a critical partner in delivering quality family planning care alongside other essential services critical throughout the lives of women and girls: from pregnancy-related care to childhood immunizations and nutrition support. Their work has never been more important – both to protect the health and wellbeing of women and girls and ensure a more resilient and sustainable COVID-19 recovery.”
Chris Elias, President of Global Development, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Norway

We appreciate Norway’s initial pledge of 35 million. Hope we can reach 140 million

“The pandemic has taken millions of lives and may cost us years of progress in our quest to eliminate poverty and reach the SDGs. More costly than almost anything else would be the loss of the gains we have made on the health of women, children, and adolescents. This is why we are firmly committed to the GFF Acceleration Plan so we can reclaim the gains and accelerate progress for SRHR.”
H.E. Dag-Inge Ulstein, Minister of International Development, Norway

Netherlands

Thank you to Netherlands for pledging 12 million, hoping to reach 40 million

 “By supporting the GFF Partnership, we can protect, but also prepare a system that is both inclusive and responsive to the needs of people facing hardship and intense pressure. We need to continue to promote SRHR as a crucial part of Universal Health Coverage. In this way, we can ensure countries can continue to deliver the sexual and reproductive health services that are so much needed – despite the pandemic. GFF is a key partner for the Netherlands.”
H.E. Kitty van der Heijden, Vice Minister for International Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Netherlands

Canada

Much appreciation to Canada for their initial pledge of  80 million. We would aim to reach 200 million.

“This is a critical point in time. We all need to come together to make sure that the needs of women, girls and adolescents—who have borne the brunt of health service reductions—is a priority. This is our opportunity to fully resource the GFF to support essential services and address inequalities that have been exacerbated by the pandemic.”
Hon. Karina Gould, Minister of International Development, Canada

Anonymous

Our appreciation goes to the Anonymous donor for committing 75 million to help countries harness more financing, improve services, and reclaim women, children, and adolescents’ health gains – helping them achieve the Sustainable Development Goals as well as universal health coverage.

Could this be you?

You can close the gap created by COVID-19 and advance the progress on the health of women, children and adolescents. Urgent investment in The GFF is needed and we are counting on you so that we can reach this target and save lives.

“The current GFF Resource Mobilization aims to raise $1.2 billion by December 2021 and $2.5 billion by 2025) will ensure that the GFF and partners can build on recent progress and realize new strategies and commitments to improve health equity in Africa.”

Success Stories

Uganda
Tanzania
Ethiopia
Kenya
Mali
Nigeria
Senegal
Zambia
Zimbabwe
Madagascar
Uganda
There is a heavy burden of sexual and reproductive health issues among young people due to a lack of knowledge about services, cultural norms regarding sexual activity, and high cost and poor quality services that prevent them from accessing services that leave them in poor health. Youth leaders in Uganda and Zimbabwe acted boldly to denounce the barriers they face, which led to the coordination of GFF/RMNCAH+N processes in their countries and advocate for GFF funds to be allocated towards making health centres accessible to people living with disabilities and facilitating adolescents’ access to contraceptives and other affordable sexual and reproductive health services. The Naguru Youth Health Network, with support from the GFF CSO Hub, documented their fights through the following videos: Uganda success story:
Naguru Youth Health Network UGANDA
Tanzania
CSOs of the GFF Tanzania coordinating group were trained by Health Promotion Tanzania on how to plan budgets and track results. CSO GFF coordinating groups have been increasing government efforts to achieve GFF-targeted results in their respective regions through advocacy work. As reported by Strengthening Primary Health Care for Results (P152736), 13 of 16 indicators met the annual targets as of December 31, 2020. Most importantly, Increasing access to medicines, vitamin A supplements and ANC4+ at health facilities.
Health Promotion Tanzania HDT
Civil society's actions in Tanzania prevented a missed opportunity to invest in PHC. Through budgetary and financial analysis, Health Promotion Trust and the CSO health coalition revealed that disbursement was lagging in the GFF Trust Funded project, intended to improve maternal and child health through strengthening primary health care. Deeper analysis showed that the government had not met key indicators necessary to unlock the remaining $106 million of the GFF project funds. This was preventing money from being released from the World Bank. Following the findings and pressure from the CS advocacy community, the government requested a no-cost extension from the World Bank and took necessary actions to meet the performance indicators. CSOs and the government are now working together on a plan to increase primary health care in Tanzania with the remainder of the USD 106 million.
Civil society's actions in Tanzania
Ethiopia
The Consortium of Reproductive Health Associations (CORHA) networking led to the appointment of a GFF liaison at the Ethiopian Ministry of Health. A concept note was developed to strengthen CSO engagement and build their capacity for health financing and budget tracking.
The Consortium of Reproductive Health Associations (CORHA) in Ethiopia
Kenya
In Kenya, the Health NGOs’ Network (HENNET) led the creation of the GFF Civil Society Coordinating group. The group’s main objective is to facilitate meaningful CSO engagement in the GFF processes and has successfully educated 200 CSOs on the GFF mechanism in 2020. Furthermore, they developed the CSO engagement strategy as well as CSO scorecards for the GFF. In addition, the RMNCAH+N Multi Stakeholders platform was established in January 2021 due to group advocacy efforts that started in 2017. As a result, five seats were reserved for civil society organisations. The CSOs in Kenya have consistently advocated through these platforms for policy development and domestic resource mobilisation, social mobilisation for service utilisation, mutual accountability for results and resources, prioritisation of community needs, and policy and service delivery that is informed by rigorous research.
Health NGOs’ Network (HENNET) KENYA
Mali
FENASCOM in Mali successfully led the creation of the Malian Civil Society GFF Platform for RMNCAH+N “La Plateforme des Organisations de la Société Civile Malienne en soutien au GFF en faveur de la SRMNEA + N. The platform plays a critical role in bridging the gap between the GFF, government, and the local communities and aims to mobilise resources to address the challenges communities face in accessing healthcare for mothers and children.
Fédération Nationale des Associations de Santé Communautaire FENASCOM Mali
Nigeria
In 2020, Nigerian CSOs developed a scorecard which enabled them to request access to information on the GFF resources used by the Ministry of Finance and subsequently were able to push the government to timely release GFF finances to support RMNCAH+N efforts in the country. The Adolescent and Youth Health Scorecard was developed and populated in 2021, allowing CSOs to access important information such as how to finance adolescent and youth health.
Options E4A and African Health Budget Network Nigeria
Senegal
In Senegal, the GFF provided an opportunity for CSOs to advance community accountability and ownership, and thereby maintain improvements in community health systems to live beyond the project lifecycle. The Kolda and Tambacounda regions have the poorest RMNCAH health outcomes in the country; and have been identified as priority regions for the country’s GFF funded project. A youth-led project (led by the Alliance Nationale des Jeunes pour la Sante de la Reproduction), monitors the quality of health services through community engagement, has changed attitudes toward adolescent health and built community capacity and ownership over local health priorities. Now community members are engaging with health workers and district health management teams to ensure married women and adolescent girls have access to RMNCAH services, including family planning, and to ensure girls stay in school and do not marry early. The GFF project has seen a surge in community ownership during the past year as families, youths, traditional and religious leaders, and community health workers have collaborated on monitoring its implementation.
Senegal
Zambia
In Zambia, when COVID-19 hit, the CSO community mobilized quickly to maintain essential health services, particularly for youth. People were reluctant to go to health facilities for fear of contracting COVID-19; and many youth-friendly health centers shut down. Center for Reproductive Health and Education (CRHE) worked with the private sector to map out where youth friendly SRHR services were still available and launched a social media and flyer campaigns to share this information with youth. This contributed to a smaller decrease in health seeking behavior in the facilities that were mapped out, than would have been without the campaign.
Zambia
Zimbabwe
There is a heavy burden of sexual and reproductive health issues among young people due to a lack of knowledge about services, cultural norms regarding sexual activity, and high cost and poor-quality services that prevent them from accessing services that leave them in poor health. Youth leaders in Uganda and Zimbabwe acted boldly to denounce the barriers they face, which led to the coordination of GFF/RMNCAH+N processes in their countries and advocate for GFF funds to be allocated towards making health centres accessible to people living with disabilities and facilitating adolescents’ access to contraceptives and other affordable sexual and reproductive health services. The Naguru Youth Health Network, with support from the GFF CSO Hub, documented their fights through the following video: Zimbabwe success story video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5v3qJn7wJg
IGNITE YOUTH Organization Zimbabwe & Naguru Youth Health Network
Madagascar
The HINA Civil Society Platform strongly contributes to the fight against undernutrition or “Kere” in the South of Madagascar, specifically in the regions of Atsimo Andrefana, Ambovombe and Anosy. Thanks to the advocacy carried out by its members, HINA encouraged the government to collaborate with CSOs and other key stakeholders to implement coordinated actions in response to malnutrition, including the establishment of effective strategies to promote SRMNEA + N but also the organization of Open Days for Nutrition in the Region of Matsiatra Ambony. On the other hand, the HINA platform also contributed to the finalization of the country’s investment framework for SRMNEA+N 2020 - 2024 and to the creation of a Civil Society Organizations health coalition to address the COVID-19 crisis.
La Plateforme de la Société Civile HINA /Madagascar

Thank you for your continued commitment to creating a healthier life for us all. The COVID-19 pandemic is outpacing the efforts to achieve health equity in Africa. This strain on our health system not only impacts the COVID-19 patients but also threatens the gains made over time, particularly for women, children, and adolescents. Numerous positive health-related outcomes have been achieved with the help of the Global Financing Facility (GFF) – a global partnership committed to ensuring success for women, children, and adolescents.

The ongoing pandemic may reverse these successes. In 36 GFF countries, coverage of life-saving interventions for women, children, and adolescents has declined by 25% since COVID-19 began. A USD, 1.2 billion funding gap will exacerbate losses unless the GFF can close it. On the other hand, the GFF can save five million lives by 2025 if adequately funded. As a result of these funds, the essential services will be preserved and strengthened, and secondary health impacts on women, children, and adolescents will be addressed.

The only way for this vision to be realised is through a collaborative, global effort. The shortfall in GFF funding of USD 1.2 billion should be met by the end of 2021.

European Commission

Sweden

Denmark

USA

Germany

France

Belgium

Could this be you?

We look forward to engaging with you further to explore your pledge. Together, we can change these outcomes for Africa and the world. Can we count on your contribution to meet this target?

About the GFF We Want

The GFF We Want (GFFWW) Campaign aims to leverage the knowledge and capacity of the civil society coalitions working on the GFF to capture lessons learned, identify best practices and strengthen cross- learning by leveraging key relationships and moments including the GFF Resource Mobilization Campaign to drive country level work and global commitments to mobilize resources and ensure the success of the GFF. The GFF We Want is implementing GFF resource mobilization activities as detailed below;

Regional Consultation

The GFF We Want will launched a regional consultation with GFF implementing countries to capture challenges, gaps and lessons learned and identify take-aways to help elevate the voice of civil society (through – messaging/socially media/etc) and support advocacy in implementing recommendations as part of the GFF resource mobilization. The regional consultations have been implemented through online/virtual consultations to identify take-aways and recommendations for the GFF Resource Mobilization and policy asks. The findings and recommendations have been packaged into briefing and communications materials which will be shared with different donors and stakeholders.

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Participating countries:

16 countries were selected to participate in the regional consultation as follows; Ethiopia, Malawi, Senegal, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Burkina Faso, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Nigeria, Côte D’ivoire, Liberia, Zambia, Rwanda and Cameroon

Case studies

The GFF We Want is documenting three (3) case studies in Tanzania, Zambia and Côte d’Ivoire which will provide a synthesis of the lessons which have been learned by CSO partners through the GFF country process and engagement in both the global level and the national level investment case process. These case studies will highlight what has been achieved in terms of additional resources, the impact this is having (where evidence is available), where things have worked well and where they have not in terms of CSO participation, and further potential for using the GFF process to increase investment in health and nutrition. A deeper set of recommendations for Civil society, country governments, private sector, members of the Investors Group and the GFF itself will be identified.

Regional Consultations

When the GFF was launched at the Financing for Development Conference in Addis Ababa in July 2015, it promised to make progress towards universal health coverage by putting women, children and adolescents first. Its overall goal is to contribute to ending preventable maternal, newborn, child and adolescent deaths by 2030 and improving the health and quality of life of women, adolescents and children in 50 priority countries.

Case Studies

When the GFF was launched at the Financing for Development Conference in Addis Ababa in July 2015, it promised to make progress towards universal health coverage by putting women, children and adolescents first. Its overall goal is to contribute to ending preventable maternal, newborn, child and adolescent deaths by 2030 and improving the health and quality of life of women, adolescents and children in 50 priority countries.
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Generation Equality Forum

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  • World Health Assembly

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